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Order of Malta Australia


World Day of the Poor 2023


Celebrated every year on the 33rd Sunday, World Day of the Poor aims to encourage Christians to “go forth” into the peripheries where so many people struggle with economic and existential problems and to offer service as “a sign of love, the, love shown by Jesus himself.”
The Order of Malta is committed to supporting the sick and poor and is grateful for this special day to promote the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.
To mark this special day, members of the Order of Malta Thailand responded to a request for assistance from Fr. Adriano to support elderly and disabled members of the community at St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church in Pathum Thani.
Members gathered to bring 50 survival bags, 50 blankets, boxes of dry food, 300 eggs, 60 kilos of rice, 2 wheelchairs, plus their love and support to the community.

Our Community Care Van volunteers in Melbourne and Parramatta added an additional service to the homeless this week to mark  the sixth World Day of the Poor.

As per a normal service the volunteers distributed water, hygiene packs and Coats for the Homeless and also brought somefood treats for the friends who call teh street home.

In Brisbane, our volunteers at Emmanuel City Mission (ECM) homeless sanctuary prepared a free breakfast oand delicious donuts and muffins, donated by the Order of Malta members. Over 50 people in need were served over the course of 5 hours. Including a free sausage sizzle BBQ lunch provided to hungry and thankful arrivals, who were happy to chat. Attendees were also grateful for over 20 donated books on faith, film and personal growth, to help build the ECM library.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.